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Fiji Link welcomes new addition to fleet

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, February 08, 2018

A NEW twin otter aircraft has joined the domestic airline Fiji Link fleet.

The aircraft and its flight delivery team from Canada were traditionally welcomed at the Fiji Airways headquarters in Nadi yesterday.

Fiji Airways chief financial officer Nick Caine said the FJQ was the second Viking DHC-6 Series 400 aircraft for Fiji Link.

"In our business, we value every additional aircraft that comes into our fleet from the largest to the smallest and we value the contribution of all of these aircraft," he said.

"The twin otters, however, do play an important role and it does allow us to bring our guests from around the world to some of Fiji's remote destination.

"They also allow us to connect some of our Fijians to their homes in the outer islands with the support of the Government.

"It is very crucial for the Fiji Airways group to have versatile aircraft across the fleet with the capacity to land on various terrains."

Viking pilot Captain Diana Spears said the twin otter was an ideal aircraft for small runways.

"It took us about 40 hours to get the aircraft to Fiji and this is one of my favourite aircraft to fly," she said.

"A twin otter is built for rugged places so it's got the capabilities for short landings and take offs, so you don't need a lot of runway. It's a very versatile aircraft which is why it is one of my favourite aircraft to fly."

The aircraft is expected to start servicing Fiji Link routes later this month.

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